Outside my bedroom/study window there's a birch tree and then the carport roof: pinkish beigish tarpaper, flat but with undulations where rainwater pools: when the weather is dry the puddles shrink and disappear, but they leave a permanent mark. Like tidepools: I imagine there might be some interesting microscopic life there, but what I notice most is the detritus that collects around the shorelines.
It rained last night. At 10 pm there was no sign of the moon, which is full, and has been sitting on a branch of the redwood tree on the other side of the building. At around 4 am the moon was on the other side of the building shining through clouds. Not exactly a giant pearl like other nights, more an aspirin tablet fizzing in water.
In early winter yellow birch leaves cling to the shore of my puddles, making yellow reflections in the water, and fluttering a little, like butterflies pinned to a board but still alive. This morning there are rings of white-bordering-on-pink petals from the plum trees.